Keynote Speaker

Mark Burry CVENT Mark Burry
RMIT University

Professor Mark Burry is a practising architect who has published internationally on two main themes: the life, work and theories of the architect Antoni Gaudí, and putting theory into practice with regard to ‘challenging’ architecture. He has been Senior Architect to the Sagrada Família Basilica Foundation since 1979 pioneering distant collaboration with his colleagues based on-site in Barcelona.  In 2001 he was the Founding Director of RMIT University’s state-of-the-art Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) in Melbourne Australia, established as a holistic transdisciplinary research environment dedicated to almost all aspects of contemporary spatial design activity. He is currently the Founding Director of the RMIT University’s Design Research Institute (DRI), established in 2008. 


Mark Abrahams

With over 15 years experience with leading architectural practices in Sydney and London, Mark Abrahams has an impressive portfolio, both locally and internationally. As National BIM Manager, Mark’s vision is to align design with innovation. His broad project and technical experience assists him in successfully integrating leading edge BIM technology into projects. He is responsible for development, training and implementation to maximise dwp|suters BIM and Revit capabilities. Mark’s project experience includes large scale sports work, including world renowned stadiums and Sydney Olympic event overlay work. Through this work, he developed a passion for and in depth understanding of CAD technologies and its application. He is now developing expert skills in health projects, and is currently working on several major, complex hospital developments around Australia.

Suleiman Alhadidi
HASSELL/ RMIT University

Suleiman Alhadidi is an architect, artist, and researcher. He is currently working as a Computational Design Consultant at HASSELL, and teaching at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology RMIT University. He founded “Mutation Studio” in 2008; a studio dedicated to architectural design experiments. Suleiman worked previously with Coop Himmelblau in Vienna, Austria, before which he worked with Laceco international. He has practiced architecture in Australia, Europe and the Middle East. His work has been awarded, exhibited and published in Italy, Portugal, France, Jordan, China, and the UK. His current research interests include architecture design strategies, digital architecture, BIM technologies, and deployable complex kit-of-parts, interactive environments, and new fabrication technologies.

 Steve Appleby CVENT

Steve Appleby

Based in Melbourne, Steve leads the BIM Advisory business line across Australia and New Zealand. Several experienced clients have consulted Steve on BIM Implementation and delivery, including Transport for New South Wales, Investa, ISPT, Melbourne Airport, Xstrata and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 

Steve is currently Chair of the buildingSMART NBI National Guidelines Working Group. This ground-breaking document is due for release in June this year and aims to provide clients, principals and property professionals of all levels with the background and information they need to develop a consistent, interoperable and collaborative approach to BIM delivery. 

Steve is a founder member and Vice Chair of Collaborate, a not-for-profit initiative aimed at anyone in the AEC industry working with BIM. The aim of Collaborate is to nurture a dynamic and inclusive, cross industry peer group that fosters and disseminates BIM best practice.

Andrew Bagnall

Andrew is a Mechanical Engineer and the Manager of GHD Newcastle's Buildings & Energy group. Leading a team of 18 professional engineers and technical staff, Andrew's daily work involves a strong focus on the reduction of energy use within the built environment through the design of integrated building engineering solutions. Andrew also holds a corporate role as a champion for Building Information Modelling (BIM) development within GHD. In 2010 Andrew was named one of Australia's 'Most Inspiring Young Engineers' by Engineers Australia, and was the recipient of the Newcastle Division award for 'Young Engineer of the Year 2010'.

David Baldacchino

David has practiced Architecture for 12+ years and draws his experience from exposure to projects big and small, renovations and new construction, mainly in the Educational and Healthcare sectors. He is currently the buildingSMART Manager for Texas & Florida, and holds a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M (2001) and a Bachelor of Engineering & Architecture from the University of Malta (1999). He was the team leader on several Revit pilot projects and is still very passionate about mentoring his peers both in the office and across the globe through his blog “Do U Revit?” and as an author on “HOK BIM Solutions”. David assists various project teams with all aspects of BIM and inter-related technology across the disciplines of Architecture, Interiors, Landscape/Planning, Structural and MEP. In his spare time he is always desperately trying to keep up with reading and contributing to the BIM and Revit communities.

Kyle B Kyle Bernhardt

Kyle Bernhardt is a long-time member of the Revit Product Management team, having focused the majority of his professional career on how technology can better serve the AEC industry.  Kyle has developed broad industry expertise through focuses on MEP, sustainable design, emerging technologies, and now leading a product team focused on team collaboration.  Always fascinated with the ever-changing technology landscape, Kyle is always keen for discussions on how existing challenges in the AEC industry can be addressed by novel approaches.

Nicholas Broadbent
COX Architecture

As a passionate BIM manager Nicholas has lead many innovative and successful BIM Projects and brings a practical approach to BIM implementation, training and integrated project workflows. Through his strategic and hands-on approach Nicholas has implement many targeted BIM workflows that produce better results in less time. Nicholas work processes enables and drives a cultural BIM change within his team by supporting and educating team members on how to leverage existing technology to gain measurable efficiencies across the team. Nicholas is actively engaged in pushing the bounders of what BIM can deliver by developing custom software that bridge the gap and provide new workflows between current BIM software Nicholas understanding of BIM and integrated Project delivery has lead to many invitations to speak at conferences and events both nationally and internationally. Nicholas is an active and engaged member of the global BIM community.

Dan Chasteen

Dan Chasteen is a Regional Digital Practice Manager for Perkins+Will and the former owner of Digital Construction Studio and an IT consulting service. His 20 years of professional 3D-focused experience span a range of AEC products, interoperability and hardware. Involved in piloting and implementing new software solutions and hardware technology at Perkins+Will Dan is also a technology adviser to design teams and develops strategic technology plans and budgets for larger projects. In early 2009 as part of a small team Dan piloted a non-proprietary cloud computing technology which still serves as the primary cloud solution at Perkins+Will today. An experienced instructor he provides training for AEC software occasionally writing training manuals and providing training to instructors. A six time presenter at Autodesk University Dan has also participated in Autodesk’s 3ds Max Gunslinger program. Dan holds dual degrees in Environmental Design and Building Science from Auburn University.

David Conant
David Conant Consulting

David Conant was the first architect to work for Revit Technology Corp. He helped develop the initial design of Revit and was a member of the Revit design team from 1998 to 2013. After 15 years of work on Revit, he remains committed to its potential to transform architecture and the building industry. He is now pursuing that goat as a consultant to organizations building applications that leverage Revit’s information, optimize Revit for specific markets, or extend Revit’s capabilities. Before working on Revit, David was a licensed architect and CAD manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts and an instructor at Northeastern University. David holds a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University.

Kelly Cone
The Beck Group

After receiving his Masters in Architecture degree from the University of Texas, Kelly joined the Beck Group as an architectural intern and has been focusing on technology and implementation of BIM practices and software since. In his current role Kelly leads a team of talented BIM implementers and practitioners to revolutionize how our projects are delivered. Kelly is also deeply involved in the Building Information Modeling community at large. He speaks at BIM and Reality Capture conferences worldwide focusing on process innovation and integration.

Mark Cronin
Peddle Thorp

Mark is the Design Systems Manager and Associate at Peddle Thorp, Brisbane. He leads the integration of digital design tools with a primary objective of maximising the efficiency of BIM within the company and extending this knowledge into the industry as a whole. Mark develops, implements and manages design work-flows, and is actively involved with several industry bodies contributing to the future direction of BIM in Australia. With a background in digital design tools and architectural visualisation in the UK, Mark holds a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology. He is responsible for providing in-house training and best practice solutions at Peddle Thorp, and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. Mark is a beta tester for several Autodesk products, an industry blog author, and is a founding committee member of BrisBIM.

Tom de Plater
Peddle Thorp Architects

Tom de Plater is currently the Design Systems Specialist at Peddle Thorp Architects. Since graduating a Masters’ of Architecture at the University of Queensland, has worked on a variety of projects in scale for AECOM and Billard Leece Partnership. With 3D and visualization being a personal hobby, Tom set up a rendering studio while in his 3rd year of study. This quickly led to the use and pursuit of BIM software, namely Revit Architecture, and from this has built a career educating people, and searching for the most efficient way to achieve results.

Stephen Elliot_120X160 Stephen Elliot

Stephen Elliott is a Senior Software Engineer at Autodesk, Inc. working on the Dynamo Visual Programming environment. As an intern, Stephen implemented a computational engine for Dynamo allowing for much more expressive workflows, and introduced the concept of Custom Nodes. Stephen currently specializes in programming language design and implementation, and in functional programming and its application to graph-based visual programs.

Steve Fiorio

Steve is an innovative and highly motivated successful implementer of BIM (Building Information Modelling). Steve’s focus is primarily tailored to large health, aviation, public realm and high rise commercial towers. Steve enjoys the challenges and the multi skilled working environment this collaborative process to the design, building, engineering and construction industry brings. Steve’s expertise extends from training and customizing of BIM authoring software, to implementation and compiling BIM datasets through to construction review and onsite modifications of the BIM, as well as As-Built BIM, and final delivery to the client of a usable dataset for Facilities and Asset Management. At HASSELL, Steve’s role has been dedicated to globally assisting staff to transition to BIM. Specifically providing implementation for all the suites of Revit, Archicad & Navisworks as the company’s transition from 2D CAD into Building Information Modelling, 4D Construction simulation, 5D and 6D Facilities Management. He has been Project BIM Manager on several of HASSELLS signature projects, with the most recent being $1.2b Darling Harbour Live Redevelopment.

Malcolm_Foort_CVENT Malcolm Foort

Malcolm is a General Manager and Product Manager with over twenty years’ experience in the software industry, including a solid background in software development with leading organizations in Europe and Australia, ranging from small private to ASX listed national companies.  

He has an intense customer focus, with highly developed core skills in people management, customer communication and relationship management.  This includes strong customer facing skills with over 200 sales and training presentations delivered on-site and at major industry conferences in Australia, US and Europe. After six years’ experience in software development including developer and team leader roles and eleven years overseeing the product development, marketing and sales of developer productivity software to blue chip companies and government agencies worldwide Malcolm joined Zuuse as the overall owner of the Zuuse product suite and its implementation.

Callum Freeman
Assemble ltd

Spent years as a roaming Revit consultant to different architectural firms before settling at Assemble, further developing Revit skills on varied projects. I have been fortunate to use Revit both in production and conceptual settings aswell, to provide model components for 3D printing, jewel renderings, cathedral modelling, Furniture design, mechanical systems and now branching into Structures.

Helen Gorina

Helen Gorina is a Regional Digital Practice Manager at Perkins+Will. Her responsibilities include the Northeast region and span multiple locations and projects. She has more than 20 years of design technology leadership experience in multidiscipline, multi-office environments; 25 years of experience in the architectural, structural, and civil engineering fields. Her understanding of design and drawing production processes, coupled with her interests in Parametric and computational design, enables her to offer ingenious solutions for Autodesk® Revit® from both a high-level planning and on-the-ground implementation perspective: both the strategy to plan where you want to go and tactics you need to get the job done.

John Hainsworth CVENT
John Hainsworth

I am leading Aurecon Buildings’ global BIM initiative. My measure is to craft and respond to a strategic BIM position, and see us trained and up-skilled to consistently and efficiently create, deliver, store and manipulate data, which is organised, and trustworthy.
I’m a structural engineer with more than 25 years of experience, the last 13 specialising in 3D and BIM delivery. As an early adopter of Revit and a past Secretary of the Revit User Group Sydney (RUGSyd), I have sat on steering committees for the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), Consult Australia (CA), the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors' Association (AMCA) and Australian Steel Institute (ASI), and I contributed to the August 2012 National BIM Initiative for the Australian Federal Government.

Jeremy Harkins
ineni Realtime

Jeremy Harkins is the Director and co-founder of a start-up company focused on the development of the Realtime Visualisation Industry. Working with Architects, Engineers and Developers, the company is aimed at commercialising and integrating new technologies into the Architecture and Construction industry. Recently the company has broadened its scope into facilities management and workplace processes, by integrating realtime interactive environments with building management systems and large data sets. With over a decade of experience in Architectural Technologies including professional work, consultancy and Full-Time Academia, Jeremy has been Lecturing and Teaching in the field for 7 years, and s currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW.

Ceilidh Higgins

Ceilidh is an interior designer and architect who has been leading teams using Revit for over 5 years for all interior design projects across workplace, healthcare and lab projects of various scales. Ceilidh herself has been using Revit for over 7 years. She is a passionate believer that BIM can allow us to deliver project design and documentation more efficiently and more effectively than traditional methods and to assist with the design process. Ceilidh blogs on interior design, green design, BIM (and anything related that interests her) at The Midnight Lunch. She works at Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke as a Senior Interior Designer where she sits in the interior design and technology corner!

Dominik Holzer
AEC Connect

As one of the leading BIM experts in Australia, Dr. Dominik Holzer established his consultancy ‘AEC Connect’ after working as Design Technology Director at BVN Architecture for almost three years. Dominik holds a position as Senior Lecturer in Digital Architecture at the University of Melbourne and he is the previous chair of the BIM and IPD Steering Group of the Australian Institute of Architecture and Consult Australia. Dominik's interests lie in Information Management across design, construction and operation, BIM, building performance optimisation, design collaboration, and the legal aspect of sharing project information across disciplines. Dominik frequently publishes on Design Technology related matters, he is the current BIM columnist in Australia’s FM magazine, and he is a regular speaker/host at high level industry functions on the topic of BIM and Design Technology overall.

Chris Houghton
Peddle Thorp Architects (Melb.)

Chris is the owner / director of Building Data Consultants and is currently the BIM Manager at Peddle Thorp Architects – Melbourne.  In his more then 25 years of industry experience he’s seen first hand the transformation of the industry from drawing board to BIM and has worked on commercial, defence, education, infrastructure, medical and residential projects in offices of all sizes.

Increasingly frustrated with the industry, particularly CAD inefficiencies, Chris undertook further studies in the late 90’s, graduating in 2002 with a Master of Information Systems Management from Swinburne University of Technology.  The application of sound business and data management philosophies to various aspects of the industry lead Chris to identify BIM as a key industry challenge in 2007.  Since then he’s honed his BIM business vision through roles managing change and delivering the new structures, processes, procedures and user support that BIM requires.

Chris has co-authored the “Surveying for BIM” paper as part of the Australian Institute of Architects and Consult Australia “BIM in Practice” series of practice notes, is a member of and occasional presenter at the Revic Group (Victorian Revit User Group), and has presented at RTC as an industry panel member.

Jason Howden
Warren and Mahoney

Jason is passionate about design, technology, BIM and collaboration. Over his 20 year career he has worked for leading architectural practices in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. As Technical BIM Manager for Warren and Mahoney Architects and founder of RTV Tools Limited, Jason believes that the AEC industry must embrace change, to be competitive in a world driven by technology. Jason’s strengths are in design technology adoption, BIM implementation, project documentation delivery and digital workflows automation. Jason's passion for design technologies has been applied to major projects in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, across the Healthcare, Research, Institutional, Commercial and Residential sectors.

Scott Hunter

I joined Assemble in 2012 after 6 years working as an Architect in high profile practices in New Zealand, Australia & the UK on award winning projects. For over 4 years this was as part of teams delivering projects using BIM for coordination, visualization, analysis, scheduling and costing. Much of this work has been with highly complicated building components, on site and within design and build contracts.

Peter Jeffs

A qualified Architectural Technician with over 20 years of professional experience inthe architectural industry, Peter is responsible for the management of the BIM and CAD environment at Architectus Auckland. Peter’s role is to streamline and manage the BIM / CAD environment so better success can be achieved delivering projects. He is responsible for driving efficiency and understanding how to structure and customize the technology to meet the needs of project teams, whilst establishing and monitoring protocols for working with external consultants and collaboration processes and standards. He also develops and co-ordinates in-house training programs to ensure all users are operating efficiently. Peter has also worked as CAD Manager for the GCUH project and also worked in several Architectural practices in NZ, Australia and the UK as CAD Manager and an Architectural Technician, managing construction projects from inception to completion.

Craig Kennedy
A.G. Coombs Pty Ltd

CRAIG KENNEDY BIM Integration Manager BSA Limited Technical Design and Construction Projects Division Craig has had over 33 year’s continuous service in the Mechanical Services Industry in Drafting roles. Since 1997 for 15 years have been spent as Drafting Manager with Allstaff Airconditioning (NSW). In July 2012, Craig progressed to the role of BIM Integration Manager for the Technical Design and Construction Projects Division of BSA Limited, covering both the Triple ‘M’ , Burke Air and Allstaff Groups of Companies nationwide. With his personal focus on continued education, Craig brings to the table the most current skills in the market today. Craig has a passion for innovation and is a strong advocate for the adoption of BIM and alternative project delivery methods.

Hisham Khoury
WSP Melbourne

WSP Melbourne BIM Manager and a project Electrical Engineer, he has spent the majority of the past five years heavily involved in the regional BIM evolution. His work has, over that time, seen him involved in several large scale BIM projects with varying levels of complexity such as Crown Casino, Echuca Hospital and Medibank Tower. His role in these projects involved managing BIM strategy, Electrical Design, Model management and client relations.
As part of the WSP Technical User Committee he has been instrumental in setting up many of the standards and tools which are being used regionally throughout WSP Asia Pacific. WSP are constantly striving as a firm to push the boundaries within Engineering and having an electrical background allows Hisham to be at the forefront of Electrical Engineering within BIM.

Josh Lowe

Josh Lowe is a Senior Innovation Advisor at TURIS Systems LLC. His role is to lead his team to explore the boundaries of technology. Josh believes that Lean construction happens through the power of Building Information Models. Josh is involved in the research and development of data management applications for facility management. In 2013, his innovation and leadership inspired Engineering News Record-Midwest Region to name him to the list of “Top 20 under 40” in the construction industry. He is a contributing author to two books on BIM and he is an experienced speaker having spoken across North America.

Aaron Maller
The Beck Group

Aaron is currently the BIM Manager at The Beck Group, specializing in Revit Implementation. His current role includes streamlining use of the program, exploiting its efficiencies amongst the Architectural Design, Preconstruction/ Estimating, and Construction groups at Beck, as well as Revit Infrastructure Management and Training for all users. His work experience includes Implementing and Support Revit in a variety of offices, and using Revit for all phases of Architecture (from Design to Construction including fabrication), on projects of varying scopes and genres. Passionate about Revit and Architecture, he's an avid contributor on AUGI (twiceroadsfool) (twiceroadsfool),Twitter (@twiceroadsfool) and is an active speaker in the Revit Community, presenting at Autodesk University, the Revit Technology Conference, and several Local Users Groups and Autodesk training events.

Toby Maple

Toby is a highly motivated, successful implementer of BIM (Building Information Modelling) and the change management that this technology enables. He is well versed in analysing and developing creative solutions for organisational change, assessing differing requirements and providing “win - win” scenarios to all levels of project delivery and business. Toby has extensive expertise in overcoming challenges in introducing BIM technology across an organisation. Over the past eight years he has worked with over 30 companies in the Asia/Pacific region providing these services. Most notably as BIM Manager for HASSELL and Woolworths Limited where he created the standards, methodology, workflows, and content to streamline the supply chain processes, reducing errors.

Phil McKenzie
Opus Architecture

Phil has been a Senior Architectural Technician and Visual artist at Opus Architecture for the past 6 years providing tutoring and mentoring for over 70 Architectural Revit staff since learning Revit in 2007. Phil has a passion for gaming and real-time rendering and has been a game reviewer for over the past 10 years, which his three boys just love. This has led to his goal of mixing business with pleasure in the way he brings the gaming industry into his Architectural visualizations.

Chris Mckeown

After Graduating from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2001, Chris initially started working for a successful residential New Zealand architectural firm. It was while working there that Chris started using AutoCAD Architecture 3.3, and extended his talent for computer programming by completing a Bachelor of Information Technology in 2003. Throughout his career, Chris has continued to develop his 3D modelling skills, using AutoCAD Architecture 2011 as the BIM Manager in a large London Healthcare Practice. Chris started implementing Revit into the Practice prior to moving to Australia, in early 2011. Chris has been the BIM Manager at Melbourne-based commercial design practice METIER3 since mid 2011. Throughout his time as both a CAD Technician and BIM Manager, Chris has always searched for the most effective and efficient procedures to complete any given task. His current knowledge of architectural practice ensures that he is well aware of the existing gaps in workflows to produce quality documentation.

Alfredo Medina

Revit instructor, consultant, family maker, author of tutorial videos, with a background in architecture, and experience in architectural offices in the U.S. and in his home country, Colombia, South America. Very frequent participant of the main discussion forums related to Revit. Manager of, an online sevice dedicated to all Revit, with three learning resources, a store, a blog, and a forum. Speaker at Autodesk University (virtual) for 3 years, and speaker at RTC AUS in Auckland, NZ, in 2012.

Lee Miller

Lee Miller is a Vice President and the Director of buildingSMART Implementation for HOK. He has nearly 18 years of experience in the AEC industry and has worked on a wide variety of projects, including commercial, health care, interiors, aviation, justice, and urban design. Lee works very closely with the BIM Managers and project teams to implement HOK’s standards and process to projects. He also provides support for BIM Managers and BIM Coordinators, assisting in the organization of the project data, developing custom procedures, and customizing the software to make the most efficient use of their technology for project work. He is also responsible for producing firmwide standards and guidelines that conform to HOK’s culture as well as emerging best practices.

Jon Mirtschin
Geometry Gym Pty Ltd

Jon Mirtschin, born 1977, received his Bachelor of Engineering/Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He worked for Connell Wagner and Expedition Engineering before starting Geometry Gym Pty Ltd, specializing in BIM software tools especially model exchange.

Daniel Morrison

After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1994 as a Mechanical Engineer and working in Brisbane for 2 years, Daniel travelled to England where he spent over 3 years on a working holiday visa, doing CAD Design. In 2000, approximately 6 months after returning to Australia, he commenced employment with AECOM and in 2003 he was transferred to AECOM’s Perth office to boost building design in the WA drafting team. Daniel has been in Perth ever since, where he supported growth of the Building Engineering team from 5 to almost 100 people, and the drafting team from just himself to 15 people. Daniel started using Revit in 2007, and he is now the chairperson of the West Australian Revit Users Group. He has also played a leading role nationally in the implementation of Revit and BIM throughout AECOM in Australia and New Zealand. Late in 2013 Daniel decided a change was needed and has now joined BPi (BGC – Posco E&C international) as a VDC Engineer, responsible for setting, reviewing and enforcing the BIM standards for projects from beginning of design through construction to handover to the client.

Christopher James Mouflard
Trimble Buildings

Christopher J. Mouflard is a Sales Engineer for Trimble Navigation, Ltd. managing the Australasia region. In his former role as an On-site Project Manager in Trimble’s VDC Department, he was responsible for successful customer projects around the world. Christopher specializes in Location-Based Management Systems (LBMS), Trimble’s true 4D approach to construction management which leverages 5D quantities, productivity data and locations of work to calculate construction schedules. In addition, Christopher has developed databases for 5D model based cost planning and has extensive field experience implementing the Last Planner® system. From 2010 to 2013, Christopher was consulting to a top ten US general contractor implementing Vico Office. His role extends to culture change management where he has delivered many workshops and executive seminars. Christopher has lectured on BIM in Construction Management and LBMS at the University of California, Berkeley and University of Technology, Sydney. He has co-authored several academic papers on LBMS.

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Florian Neumayr
A2K Technologies

Florian Neumayr post graduated in Business and Engineering with majors in PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) and Controlling in Germany. He offers 15 years of industry experience in the architectural and structural business for multi-storey buildings and warehouses. Having lived in New Zealand for the last 8 years, he joins a big passion for BIM leading him to teach and speak internationally. He focuses himself as application engineer to optimize the computer as tool for the last 3 years working as consultant for a major Autodesk Reseller in the Asia Pacific teaching Revit and 3DS Max. His expertise is to realize workflow studies offering flexibility to make room for options and changes and reducing costly repetition.

Shane O’Rorke
Civil Survey Solutions

Shane O’Rorke completed his Degree in Civil Engineering, with Honours, from Melbourne University in 1998.

Over the following 6 years Shane worked in local government in the roles of traffic engineer and senior roads engineer.  Interested in combining engineering design and computing, Shane then joined Civil Survey Solutions (known as CADApps Australia at the time), to technically promote Autodesk software in the civil industry, and train and support customers.

Since joining Civil Survey Solutions Shane has promoted many technologies to support Autodesk deliver BIM to the Civil industry including SITEOPS, Advanced Road Design and Stringer Survey.
Shane’s work load includes management of technical services for the company as well as presenting Autodesk, SITEOPS and Civil Survey Solutions products, implementation, training, support, software development specification, testing and documentation.

David Patera CVENT David Patera

David J. Patera is a leader in the emerging AECO technology industry.  Experienced as an architectural designer and technology coach, trainer and integrator, David is well versed and knowledgeable of both the limitations and needs of today’s BIM technologies.  As the Managing Director of a global planning solutions firm David has been directly involved in the data integration and planning processes across global locations and involving many of the world’s largest and most sophisticated architectural, engineering and construction firms

Pechacek Chris CVENT
Chris Pechacek
McCarth Building Companies, Inc.

Based out of Northern California, Chris Pechacek is a Director of VDC Services for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., a large US general contractor that’s been in business for 150 years now.  His 20+ years of experience includes project management of mega healthcare, Level 4 correctional, university, high tech campuses, data centers, and large public works projects, and is experienced with all forms of project delivery to include Design-Build (DB) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).  He brings a unique perspective with his experience working on the owner side, the contractor side, design management, as well as consulting for large private and government organizations.  Chris has and continues to serve on a number of BIM and standards committees at the state and national levels.  Chris has shared his experience and knowledge in guest lecturing at universities, presentations at numerous conferences over the years, and actively participates with various organizations in advancing the building industry as a whole.  His focus for the last 10 years has been on integration of Lean Construction, process improvement, and technology development to streamline the project delivery on large, complicated projects and reduction of building life cycle costs after activation.

Chris Penn_CVENT Chris Penn

Chris is the BIM Manager for the Hansen Yuncken & Leighton Contrcators JV on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital Project. A building services engineer who previously helped shape the UK industry delivering virtual construction on some of the UK's most prestigious projects. Prior to joining HYLC Chris was the Group BIM-IPD Director for URS Scott Wilson and involved driving the UK BIM adoption. Since starting on the project in 2011 Chris has implmented BIM across the entire design team and integrated the supply chain into the design process to improve co-ordination and collaboration. 

Furthermore he has also been instrumental in HYLC adopting and developing Field BIM to help manage the data for operational, technical and commercial acceptance, and the future life cycle management of the facility. Chris is on the Australasian board of buildingSMART and Co Chair of the SA Lean Construction Institute to drive the national BIM adoption.

Chris Price
Xrev Pty Ltd

I began using and training others in the use of Revit in early 2001 and have used it on a daily basis since on projects up to $6B universities and hospitals. An odd breed, I was one of the first complete Revit users not polluted with any preconceptions caused by the use of other 2D CAD software. Above all, I enjoy facilitating and training other Revit users and aiding their success. I am a committee member of BrisBIM and contributing to the development of national initiatives such as Collaborate ANZ & ANZRS. I am a BIM evangelist, Founder of Xrev Revit API tools, digitalising everything possible with experience in Navisworks Manage, VEO & Solibri and all flavours of Revit and numerous other software.

Roy Qian
Beca Group

Roy is currently Autodesk® Revit® MEP Senior Specialist at Beca Group, working on Beca's global BIM strategy development as well as providing technical directions of Revit MEP implementation. He has been mainly involved in MEP CAD design drafting, and some software system development projects for the past 18 years. Since early 2008, Roy has successfully led and completed a number of high profile Revit MEP projects across New Zealand and Australia, and has become one of the leaders of Revit MEP implementation in the industry with lots of first-hand project experience. Roy has spoken extensively on Revit MEP topics in the past few years, including a number of Autodesk University and RTC events.

Phil Shanks CVENT Phil Shanks
Jackson Roxborough Pty Ltd

Phil Shanks is recognised as an expert in the field of Structural Steel 3D Model Integration and construction data management. He has delivered numerous presentations to industry on topics of 3D modeling, design integration and steel detailing outputs as well as the technical aspects of BIM in a productive sense. He also regularly attends national and international conferences to keep abreast of global innovation.
As Operations Manager at Jackson-Roxborough Consulting, Phil oversees all aspects of BIM, from the design of technical systems and R&D of software integration to the professional development of our staff. He is committed to servicing clients as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Phil has particular interests in BIM project strategy and BIM-enabled supply chain integration, as well as greater design & construction team collaboration through BIM technologies.
He is passionate about the construction industry and being involved in developing solutions for tomorrow's challenges. He recently visited Tekla HQ in Helsinki, Finland and the manufacturing plants of FICEP in Italy for the purpose of seeing first hand some of the design intelligence coming from Europe. 

Adam Sheather CVENT Adam Sheather
YTL Corporation

Adam Sheather is the BIM Manager for YTL Corporation, providing roadmaps, ICT rollout and project management, support and development across the Company’s subsidiary business Groups.
Groups include Property Development, Turnkey Design, Construction & Operator, Cement Manufacturing, Facility Management and O&M Activities. 
Current role is split between leadership, project design & pre-construction collaboration, and onsite construction delivery developing lean and agile, workflows and cultural changes to allow business groups mobile access to transparent, adaptable information focusing on people, interactions and working systems to naturalise continuous change management and innovation, whilst automating our process, standards and systems for the benefit of our partners and our built assets.

Steven Shell
Steven C. Shell Architect

Steven C. Shell graduated from the University of Arizona in 1982, and has had his own architectural firm in Tucson, Arizona for over 25 years. He has been using Revit Architecture® for over 10 years and is the co-founder and co-chair of the Southern Arizona Revit Users Group. Mr. Shell is certified by Autodesk in Revit Architecture 2014. He has presented at Autodesk University (AU) for the past 4 years and lectured at the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Pima Community College and was a speaker at all 3 Revit Technology Conferences North America (RTC-NA), where his class was voted one of the top 10 all 3 years. He is also an ongoing presenter at the Central States Revit Workshop which will soon include the North Atlantic & Pacific Revit Workshops in 2014. In addition to his practice and teaching Revit, he currently serves as the Chair for the City of Tucson’s Board of Adjustment where he previously served as chairperson for 8 years, as well as serving 10 years on the City’s Design Review Board and Sign Code Advisory & Appeals Board prior.

Laura Smagin
DP Architect

Ms Laura Smagin graduated from Wellington Polytechnical Institute in 1988. The following year, she migrated to Australia where she gained experience in various project types from single residential to large-scale commercial, defense, corporate, industrial, transport, retail, health and institutional. In 2005, when she was with Woodhead International, Laura undertook a self-driven transition into BIM. She travelled throughout Australia, India and Singapore as a trainer to lead the company through its BIM journey. In 2011, Laura moved to Singapore to establish BIM practices in the region. In 2012, Laura joined DP Architects and is currently BIM Head of Department, she has been instrumental in establishing corporate BIM protocol, process and procedures. She has established and coordinated the corporate staff training programme, and assisted with the migration from 2D to BIM. Laura has experience in the Singapore e-submission to various authorities including BCA, LTA, FSSD, URA and NParks. Over the years, Laura has established a reputation as a BIM expert and industry educator. She is regularly invited to speak at industry events, seminars and international conferences.

Chad Smith
A2K Technologies

Chad has been a professional in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry since 1997.
Previously as a BIM Manager and one of the earliest adopters of Revit (2001), Chad has experienced first hand the growth and evolution of true Building Information Modelling (BIM).
As a Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) evangelist and advocate of cloud computing, he is currently championing the challenges of cloud based design collaboration and Facilities Management (FM).
Being an advocate of cloud computing, he strongly believes in its profound potential to transform the collaborative nature of project teams, as well as the entire design and model management process.

Steve Stafford
AEC Advantage, Inc.

Steve is a member of the RTC North America committee serving as Director of Marketing. He has been a presenter at RTC events since 2006 as well as at Autodesk University since 2004. He has been working as a freelance Revit training and implementation consultant since 2005. His company is called AEC Advantage, Inc. Very active in the Revit community at large, he has been participating in online Revit groups since shortly after the product was released publicly in 2000. You can find him serving as the forum manager for the Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) Revit Community and he served a two year term as a member of AUGI's Board of Directors (2006-2008). As an author he has contributed chapters to two Wiley/Sybex Revit books and has three Revit focused blogs and He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.

Bilal Succar
Change Agents + BIM Excellence

Bilal Succar is a BIM strategist, assessor and researcher. After working in the construction industry for more than twelve years in Australia and the Middle East, Bilal established Change Agents AEC (2004) a consultancy focused on BIM-enabled performance excellence. In 2009, Change Agents developed BIM Excellence (, a set of online tools and onsite methods to measure and improve the technology-driven performance of individuals, organizations, project and teams. Bilal studied business administration (1987-1989), completed an undergraduate degree in design (1994), undertook postgraduate studies in organizational behaviour and human resource management (2004), and completed his PhD in BIM performance measurement and improvement (2013) at the University of Newcastle. Bilal participated in several industry initiatives including CRC-CI, BIM National Guidelines and Case Studies project (2007-2008) and AIA/Consult Australia’s BIM Education documents. Bilal’s complete profile, publications and presentations are provided on his blog

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Matt Swinburne
Tonkin Schutz design build

Matthew Swinburne is Operations Manager for Tonkin Schutz Design Build and a registered Architect. Matt has been working as a Head Contractor for over 10 years including over 5 years with Baulderstone SA, as Senior Design Manager with representation on their national BIM focus group. Matt has a keen interest in the practical application of BIM in the construction environment and lead the use of BIM for the recently completed Adelaide Oval Project as Senior Design Manager for the project.
Matt has been a BIM champion in the Construction industry for some time working with consultants, contractors and the RAIA, participating in industry related BIM presentations and panels. He has led the steering of a number of large BIM projects. He now works to run a smaller design and construct company who carryout in house Revit drafting, in varying disciplines and developing management systems. Matt will focus on the application of BIM and lessons learnt from the Adelaide Oval experience and how he foresees the use of BIM being enhanced in the delivery of future projects.

Kelvin Tam
Ronald Lu & Partners

With a passion in BIM, Kelvin Tam, AIA, American registered architect, LEED AP has been thinking out of the Revit package box for challenges that the program could hardly do and trying to push Revit Architecture to the very limit to satisfy architects' specific needs for design, documentation and management. He has been working as both a designer and BIM lead on a variety of building types in the United States’ leading design firms as RTKL, Rossetti Architects and NBBJ. Recently, Kelvin moved back to Hong Kong and joined Ronald Lu & Partners. Kelvin is the BIM Manager at RLP taking charge of the standards and protocols for the firm's BIM implementation. Kelvin has been a speaker at international BIM conferences like Autodesk University, Revit Technology Conference North America and Revit Technology Conference Australasia.

sean twomey_CVENT Sean Twomey
A2K Technologies

Sean has 20 years of experience in working with infrastructure and GIS projects. As a civil engineer, he worked on highways and bridges onsite (incorporating survey work as well as contracts) before spending four years in a design office setting up systems for CAD and design (in particular, hydroworks for drainage/sewer rehabilitation, including data capture). Within the software industry, Sean has been heavily involved as a subject matter expert for Autodesk’s infrastructure development team and has been involved in customisation of software to meet Australian Standards.

Brendan Upton
A2K Technologies

Brendan currently holds the role of Technical Consultant with A2K Technologies in Sydney with a key focus on the AEC Building industry, specifically Revit MEP toolsets. Brendan is an expert 3D design modeller with over 15 years’ experience within the industry on a variety of projects in both the Architectural and MEP disciplines involving electrical, hydraulic, mechanical and fire services design. His experience extends to the commercial, retail, residential and Health Sectors, including detailing of services for all types of buildings from multi-storey commercial to shopping centres, factories and Hospitals. Brendan has also worked on large scale infrastructure projects ranging from roads and highways to tunnels and rail. He has experience with implementing CAD and BIM standards, procedures and training and promoting the appropriate use of CAD and BIM software for staff across different disciplines and multiple projects. Brendan has expert experience in multi-disciplined BIM collaboration involving the co-ordination between Architecture, MEP and Structures and utilising software’s such as Navisworks to communicate and deliver design solutions. His current role involves the delivery of Custom training & support for Revit MEP throughout Australia & New Zealand.

Håvard Vasshaug

Håvard Vasshaug is a structural engineer, Revit power user and Digital Design Manager at Dark, one of Norway's largest planning, architecture and interior design practices. He has vast experience providing Revit training, solutions and seminars for architects and engineers at Autodesk Authorized Training Centers the past 8 years, and now uses this background to share knowledge of Revit solutions at Dark and to whoever else that enjoys it. He is a part of the Autodesk BIM Open Source Project Steering Committee, and a member of the program committee of, and presenter at The Smart Drawing Conference. He also presented at Autodesk University 2012 and Revit Technology Conference North America 2013. Håvard is an enthusiastic blogger and national Revit forum administrator. Collaborating with Autodesk, he is a member of the IFC Nordic Customer Council, a dedicated Revit Beta contributor, a member of the Building Participatory Design Pane, and a very, very proud Revit Gunslinger.

Tim Waldock

Tim Waldock has been using Revit since 2005, and has been Technology Integration Manger at PTW Architects since 2006. He has worked with numerous other BIM and 3D CAD programs over the past 25 years in the UK, Singapore and Australia, often working closely with the software developers. He has attended all RTC events bar one, and has presented at RTCs: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 Aus, 2011 NA, 2012 Aus, 2012 NA, 2013 Aus, 2013 NA & RTC 2013 Europe. He attended two Revit Gunslinger events in January and October 2011 at the Revit headquarters in Boston and Manchester in the USA. He is treasurer of the Revit User Group Sydney (RUGSyd).

Michael Whaley
TURIS Systems, LLC

Mike Whaley has over thirty years of experience in the Architectural and Construction industry. Today he is President of TURIS Systems, LLC, a technology consulting company for contractors, design professionals and owners. His background in every aspect of the A/E/C industry gives him a uniquely qualified perspective on the future of our industry(s). Over the last eight years, his visionary guidance and direction has empowered his team to the forefront of technology for the construction industry. Now his focus is on the implementation of facility management and BIM and as always, what is next? For the last eight years Mike has spoken across North America and New Zealand at conferences. He has also been the contributing author to two books on BIM and written numerous magazine articles.

Robins & Morton

Raul is a recognized BIM Evangelist and Veteran with more than 25 years of experience in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction industries, bringing 19 years of experience with Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) by the means of Building Information Modeling (BIM) or its ancestor Intergraph/Bentley “Vertical Applications”.

Raul spent many years working as a Construction Project Manager and a Technology Integrator for McClier Corp. (AECOM) and Abbott Laboratories Corporate Engineering division, Harrah's Casino, Turner Construction, Clark Construction, Hardin, Disney, USACE, DoD, NAVFAC, PEMEX MX. 
With his unique experience in applying (VDC) with the integration of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) BIM Lifecycle processes he has worked with renowned firms improving efficiencies by implementing Best Practices of BIM and has made me a referent in this field.  He also lectures for the US Army Corps of Engineers and GSA in helping guide firms in supporting Bentley BIM and Federal BIM specifications.

In addition, he lectures student academia at Universities such as Auburn University, University of Alabama, Georgia Tech and Southern Polytechnic State University in Atlanta.  He has served on numerous Revit Technology Conference Advisory Boards and AIA Chapter Midwest Roundtable in supporting early development concepts and needs analysis within the industry in phasing in BIM into Architectural, MEP, Construction and Owner Healthcare industries.

Robins & Morton

Raul is a recognized BIM Evangelist and Veteran with more than 25 years of experience in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction industries, bringing 19 years of experience with Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) by the means of Building Information Modeling (BIM) or its ancestor Intergraph/Bentley “Vertical Applications”.

Raul spent many years working as a Construction Project Manager and a Technology Integrator for McClier Corp. (AECOM) and Abbott Laboratories Corporate Engineering division, Harrah's Casino, Turner Construction, Clark Construction, Hardin, Disney, USACE, DoD, NAVFAC, PEMEX MX. 
With his unique experience in applying (VDC) with the integration of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) BIM Lifecycle processes he has worked with renowned firms improving efficiencies by implementing Best Practices of BIM and has made me a referent in this field.  He also lectures for the US Army Corps of Engineers and GSA in helping guide firms in supporting Bentley BIM and Federal BIM specifications.

In addition, he lectures student academia at Universities such as Auburn University, University of Alabama, Georgia Tech and Southern Polytechnic State University in Atlanta.  He has served on numerous Revit Technology Conference Advisory Boards and AIA Chapter Midwest Roundtable in supporting early development concepts and needs analysis within the industry in phasing in BIM into Architectural, MEP, Construction and Owner Healthcare industries.